Norvic Web Data Science Award

Applications Open: 15 November 2012

Deadline Submission: 15 January 2013

The Norvig Web Data Science Award is an award for students and researchers studying at or employed by a research institute or university in the Netherlands. It is a challenge in which participants show what they can do with the Common Crawl dataset - a snapshot of a large part of the web - using SARA's Hadoop service to provide big data compute power.


The award is not themed. It is open for all university students and researchers in the Netherlands and people from all domains are allowed to enter.

Dates and process

Applicants can apply starting November 15, 2012, and submit results until 11.59pm, January 15, 2013. When applicants apply they receive an account on SARA's Hadoop service, which provides access to about a third of the Common Crawl data. Applicants can use this system to perform experiments on the data. Submissions should demonstrate what is innovative about those experiments.

Review process

Submissions of results will be reviewed by our jury, and participants will be notified of the results before February 15, 2013.


The winner gets a tablet, and 1500 Euro to spend on travel, accommodation, and conference registration for one person for the ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in information retrieval, to be held in Dublin, Ireland. If applicants have entered as a group and the group produced the winning entry, the prize will be awarded to whomever the group decides, but each prize is awarded to a single person only.

Name of the award

The award is named after Peter Norvig, Google’s director of research with a resume too impressive to summarize. Peter is on the advisory board of Common Crawl, and is part of the jury for this award. Other jury members are Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Yahoo!), Hilary Mason (, Jimmy Lin (University of Maryland), and Evert Lammerts (SARA).